Three Rivers Celebrates World Environment Day and Biodiversity

Updated: 4 June 2020

World Environment Day is on Friday 5 June is run by the United Nations.

World Environment Day is on Friday 5 June is run by the United Nations. It promotes worldwide awareness and action for the environment and focuses on environmental concerns ranging from pollution to global warming and sustainable food production to the protection of wildlife. The theme this year is Biodiversity.

Biodiversity is the foundation that supports all life on land and below water. It affects every aspect of human health, providing clean air and water, nutritious foods, scientific understanding and medicine sources, natural disease resistance, and climate change mitigation. Changing or removing one element of this web affects the entire life system and can produce negative consequences. Without nature, life on earth would not be possible.

In Three Rivers we are committed to planting trees, increasing energy efficiencies of our buildings and assets, enhancing natural habitats, improving our local nature reserves and woodlands, promoting recycling, and reducing waste and plastic pollution.

Our Local Nature Reserves provide fantastic walking areas, these include Chorleywood House Estate, Aquadrome, Croxley Common Moor, Prestwick Road Meadows, The Withey Beds, and Oxhey Woods.

Croxley Common Moor is a grassland site and that is primarily managed by conservation grazing, which is the most sensitive way to manage grassland sites and has the lowest impact in terms of carbon footprint.

The Horses’ Field in Abbots Langley, has been featured on BBC London News as a good example of conservation in action. Skylarks have been spotted nesting here this year. This flourishing grassland meadow has several other species of birds nesting including Linnets.

Cllr Phil Williams, Lead Member for Environmental Services and Sustainability said: “Three Rivers is delighted to support World Environment Day and is proud to have policies in place that enhance biodiversity; from waste and recycling to reducing water use. We continue to work with our communities to encourage and enable sustainable behaviour across our district.”

“You too can make a difference from your homes by ensuring that you waste less, recycle more, and leave wild areas to encourage wildlife in your garden.”

To find out more about biodiversity and what you can do at home, please view this short clip: